We're in the Colosseum again. Bread is being thrown into the crowd. It's another battle day.
Senator Gracchus enters a box where other senators are sitting. They banter a bit, before the scene shifts to shows us Commodus and Lucilla entering their box.
Cassius announces that it's the 64th day of the games, and that the only undefeated gladiator in Roman history, Titus of Gaul, has returned after five years of retirement.
Titus enters on a splendid chariot.
Maximus is underneath the Colosseum getting ready. He tells Proximo that "this," the spectacle, is not the dream of Rome that Marcus Aurelius had.
Maximus enters the arena. The crowd chants his name.
Wait a second: is that Cicero, Maximus' old pal in the crowd? Sure looks like it.
The scene cuts to Commodus and Lucilla, and Commodus says Maximus' death has been arranged.
Maximus is face to face with Titus, who salutes Commodus (Maximus, of course refuses).
Maximus notices some orderlies enter the arena, and he's puzzled. Titus kicks sand at him, and starts attacking.
Maximus defends himself well, but is knocked down. Suddenly, a trap door is opened, and a tiger lunges out.
Maximus gets out of the way, continues fighting, but then another tiger's unleashed. He avoids that one too.
The tigers repeatedly swipe at Maximus and Titus, who both avoid it. Suddenly, a third tiger's unleashed.
This tiger gets on Maximus' back. He knocks it off with his shield, and continues fighting.
Finally, a fourth tiger's unleashed and jumps towards Maximus. He stabs it while it's still in the air. It lands on him, and he stabs it again.
He continues fighting Titus from the ground. He hits him in the face, and then slams an axe on Titus' foot.
Titus is injured. Maximus gets up, knocks Titus over, all while the crowd is chanting, "Kill, Kill, Kill."
We see Commodus' face. His plan has been foiled.
The crowd keeps chanting, "Kill, Kill, Kill."
Maximus looks towards Commodus, and waits for the order. After some deliberation, Commodus gives a thumbs down (the sign for death).
Maximus takes the axe, and is about to kill Titus, but then tosses the axe aside.
Commodus gives a wry smile from his box and then leaves. The crowd is chanting "Maximus, Maximus, Maximus."
The praetorians enter the arena. That means Commodus will be in shortly.
He enters. Lucilla watches from above.
Commodus starts talking, making the absurd suggestions that he and Maximus really aren't that different (they both take life when they have to).
Maximus says he only has one more life to take (i.e Commodus'). Commodus challenges Maximus to take it then.
Maximus turns and walks away. Commodus starts taunting him again, talking about how his son screamed like a girl while he was being nailed to the cross, and how his wife moaned "like a whore" as she was repeatedly raped.
Maximus, visibly upset, endures it. It sounds like he's choking back tears as he says to Commodus: "the time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end…highness."
Maximus starts to exit again, as the main theme starts playing.
The praetorians move out of the way for him so he can leave.
We see Senator Gracchus head out, and we see Lucilla watching intently.
The crowd is chanting "Maximus" again, and Commodus can tell that he's once again been bested by Maximus.